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State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Licensure Requirements

The Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) exists to protect the citizens of Kansas, in part through the licensing of counselors. Before you can become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), you must meet the qualifications set out in Kansas statutes and BSRB regulations. The BSRB Web site has a wealth of current information for counselors including current state statutes and regulations, requirements for becoming a LPC and LCPC, application procedures and forms, and NCE and NCMHCE test dates.

The National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) are published by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and more information on these tests is available on the NBCC Website.

All application for licensure must be made on forms provided by the Board and be submitted with the appropriate fee.

Criteria for a Licensed Professional Counselor

Applicants for LPC licensure must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have 45 credit hours of the total 60 in the following areas (minimum 2 hours per area):
    1. Counseling Theory and Practice
    2. The Helping Relationship
    3. Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
    4. Human Growth and Development
    5. Life-style and Career Development
    6. Appraisal of Individual
    7. Social and Cultural Foundations
    8. Research and Evaluation
    9. Professional Orientation
    10. Supervised Practicum and Internship
  2. Have a 60 credit hour masters degree in counseling
  3. Pass the National Counselor Exam
  4. Be a person who merits public trust
  5. Submit three references on Board forms
    1. one from a person who provided direct, clinical supervision of practicum
    2. one reference must be from a LCPC
    3. one from the university program director
      • none of the reference providers can be related to the applicant


Criteria for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Applicants for the LCPC must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be licensed by the Board as a LPC
  2. Have completed 15 credit hours supporting the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders using the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Content must include psychopathology, diagnostic assessment, interdisciplinary referral and collaboration, treatment approaches, and professional ethics
  3. Have completed a graduate level supervised practicum which includes psychotherapy and assessment utilizing the DSM for diagnosis and treatment. There will not be less than 350 hours of direct client contact.
  4. Have completed no less than 2 years of postgraduate supervised professional experience
    1. The clinical supervision plan must be approved prior to beginning the 4,000 hours of experience, 1,500 hours of the 4,000 hours of experience must be direct client contact. The supervisee must meet with the supervisor for 150 hours, 50 of which must be individual sessions. These requirements are half for PhDs.
  5. Have passed the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Exam
  6. Submit references if not previously submitted with the LPC application
  7. Submit an attestation from the clinical supervisor that the postgraduate supervision has been successfully completed
  8. Demonstrate that the applicant is current with continuing education requirements as prorated for the present renewal period.

Contact Information:
Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
712 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603-3817
phone: 785-296-3240

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